University of Minnesota

Previous Research

The Accessibility Observatory builds on the methods, tools, and expertise developed in two previous research studies.

The Transportation and Regional Growth study was a research and educational effort designed to aid the Twin Cities region in understanding the relationship of transportation and land use. Conducted from 1998-2003, this study was an effort to better understand the linkages among land use, community development and transportation in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Following on the Transportation and Regional Growth study, the Access to Destinations study laid the groundwork for accessibility evaluation at the University of Minnesota. Through a multi-phase effort incorporating theoretical as well as practical research and including researchers from a variety of fields, the project built local expertise and prepared the University for the next steps into the future of accessibility research and evaluation.

The Accessibility Observatory is a program of the Center for Transportation Studies.